Marine Policy Discussion Group update and organizational meeting announcement.

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June 30, 2005

Thank you for responding to our survey about the Marine Policy Discussion Group. We’ll present a tentative syllabus at an organizational meeting on July 12th at 4PM in the Cromwell House Library. Among other things, we need to decide on a time to meet, so if this time is not good for you, please let us know. We expect to start meeting on a regular basis every other week.

Based on the survey results and talking to Andy Solow, the plan we’d like to suggest is to start with a four part intro to marine policy by experts in the fields of Economics, Philosophy/Ethics, and Government. These would essentially be lecture-format, to give us all some background and a framework for thinking about policy issues. Then, we’d transition into topic driven discussions looking at particular issues and case studies in marine policy. We’re thinking we’d start each session with a short presentation either by scientists or student members of the group followed by discussion. We could maybe alternate on successive meetings between scientist- and student-led discussions. This requires scheduling scientists for lectures and the commitment of financial resources.

The two of us aren’t trying to impose anything on the group - this just seems like a format that will make the widest margin of the JP population happy. This organizational meeting will be your opportunity to voice any concerns or suggestions you might have, and at this point, things are still entirely flexible. All we ask is that you show up and share your enthusiasm!

Jon and Gareth.

Survey Results:

These are the topics that people listed in the survey.  We have organized the topics into three categories to facilitate creating a syllabus for the topic driven discussions.  We also tried to identify scientists and resources that we might want to involve in the discussions.  The syllabus will be subject to change and will be amenable to participants who express interest in certain topics.  
General topics:

-    Public education on environmental issues (COSEE-NE:
-    Intersection of research and policy in general; scientists role in policy
-    Multiple use of resources
-    Topics I can take an active part in (even if it's just writing a letter to Congress)
-    Scale of management- local vs. regional
-    What's being done now in policy- i.e. practical solutions
-    How the media affect policy.

Specific topics:

-    Common vs. private property
-    Coastal conservation and restoration
-    Examples of application of science to policy
-    Global warming effects on ecological systems
-    Case studies of fishers and scientists working together to protect fisheries
-    International agreements
-    Legal challenges to the Endangered Species Act
-    The effect of dammed rivers
-    Siting of sewage and power plant outfalls and their interaction with biology.

Specific topics where there’s local expertise that Jon and Gareth are aware of:

-    Acoustic sound level regulation (Darlene Ketten, Elena McCarthy and others:
-    Alternative energy (Porter Hoagland:
-    Aquaculture (Hauke Kite-Powell, George Hampson and others:
-    Beach erosion (Steve Elgar, Britt Raubenheimer)
-    Lobbying and non-profit groups (Terry Schaff, people from local/Boston NGOs)
-    Marine mammal conservation efforts (Michael Moore, Hauke Kite-Powell)
-    Nutrient loading in estuaries: (Ivan Valiela, Linda Deegan at MBL, their policy collaborators)
-    Marine protected areas and related population connectivity issues (Simon Thorrold, Michael Fogarty, Mike Neubert, Porter Hoagland and others:
-    Resource / fisheries management; Sustainable fisheries; Less destructive fisheries (Porter Hoagland, Steve Murawski or others at NMFS, Simon Thorrold)

We can deal with these topics either generally, through specific case studies, or through some combination.


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